Ask yourself this – how many hours a day do you spend on technology? Add up time spent on your phone, on your computer at work, reading a book on your Kindle, scrolling through messages on your smartwatch… you might be surprised by how much it really is. Most smartphones nowadays keep tabs on our screen time, which can be both helpful and confronting. If you’re ready to take a detox from technology, whether it’s a day or a month, keep reading to learn practical ways you can make that happen.
Set Limits on Your Phone
Having limits for social media on your phone is one of the easiest ways to cut back on your phone usage. Once you’ve hit your social media limit, you won’t be able to use or open those apps. This is a great option if you have moderate phone use but find yourself mindlessly scrolling on social media like Instagram. You can also use your phone’s setting to change your notifications to make yourself less distracted and less likely to pick your phone up. It’s important to learn more about how you use your phone every day and how you can minimize how much time you’re on it.
Plan a Trip Away
One of the best ways to get a detox from technology is to go away. You can leave almost all of your technology at home and you’ll be in a new location so you’ll want to be busy out and about exploring. If you’re dreaming of a new vacation to Orlando, click here for some great holiday options that you might like to stay at. Challenge yourself to leave any technology in your room when you’re on vacation and enjoy proper quality time with your loved ones. Your mind will be so grateful for the digital detox.
If you’re finding it hard to deal with limits on your phone, then the best thing might be to just delete the apps. One thing I do is browse Facebook on my laptop, but not never have the application on my phone. The apps just make it far too easy to mindlessly scroll so I just don’t have them available to me. If you have an iPad or a tablet for reading, make sure to keep it very light with apps so you can just focus on what you bought it for. Or better yet, trade it for just a Kindle if your main reason for having one is to read books.
Create Some New Work GoalsFocusing more on your work goals and ambitions can make you feel like you don’t really have free time to waste on technology. You might want to focus on a big project, like sludge reduction, which will mean that you simply don’t have the free time to waste on technology. You’ll be spending more of your time on productive projects that help you move forward with your goals in life.
Whether you want to take a few hours of detox from technology every day, or want to do something more extreme, I hope these tips help you feel more confident about detoxing from technology and having a much needed break.